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GE Selects Louisville for First Micro-factory

Our partnership with General Electric is growing! We announced this morning that GE will be opening the first micro-factory for First Build in Louisville. The new FirstBuild micro-factory will be located on the University of Louisville (UofL) Belknap Campus and will officially open this summer.

“To win in the appliance industry, we have to innovate faster than ever before since we are now competing with companies that apply their rapid electronic products introduction strategy to the appliance industry,” said Kevin Nolan, GE Appliances’ vice president of technology.

Read the full press release here.


Keyport Giveaway Winners

Thanks to all those who liked, followed, and shared about Local Motors and our friends at Keyport! The winners have been contacted, here are the lucky ones: 

  • Jake S. won 1x Black Rally Fighter Keyport Slide 2.0
  • William E. won 1x White Rally Fighter Keyport Slide 2.0
  • Ernesto D. won a $20 off coupon to the Local Motors Shop
  • Mike S. won a $20 off coupon to the Local Motors Shop
  • Jo B. won a $20 off coupon to the Keyport Store
  • Bats M. won a $20 off coupon to the Keyport Store
  • Ryan S. won a Local Motors T-Shirt
  • Max C. won a Local Motors T-Shirt
  • Dave L. won a Keyport T-Shirt
  • Jason K. won a Keyport T-Shirt
  • Seth S. won a Local Motors Neck Lanyard
  • JP M. won a Local Motors Neck Lanyard

Congratulations to all the winners! Stay tuned for the next giveaway. 


Last Day To Vote For Auto® Design Challenge

There's still a few more hours to vote for your favorite "Machine of the Underworld" in the Auto® Design Challenge! Which vehicle design will roam through Earth’s crust in its bleak future? Tell us now!


See The Rally Fighter Keyport In Action

Check out the Rally Fighter Keyport in action! We're giving away two of these customized keychain replacements as well as a ton more prizes - click here to get started now, winners announced at 9am MST tomorrow.


Share & Win A New Rally Fighter Keyport!

It's as easy as SHARE and WIN! We've teamed up with our friends at  Keyport to give you awesome free stuff like a customized Rally Fighter Keyport, t-shirts, a discount at the Shop, & more! Click here to start winning. 

Learn more about Keyport.


IMTS Helps Launch 3D Printed Car Design Challenge

Always great having our friends at IMTS in house at the Phoenix micro-factory, and today was an extra special visit as we launched the 3D Printed Car Design Challenge! The winning design will will strongly influence the final design that will be printed and built at the International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago, in September 2014. We can't wait to see what the Local Motors community comes up with this time!

Go to the 3D Printed Car Design Challenge now.  


Introduction To Local Motors "How To's"

Matt Jackson gives a quick introduction on the new "How To's" feature on the website. This tab includes Build Wiki's and future community instructionals. Right now, you can see the full "How To" for how to build a Rally Fighter. Check out the How To's now.


Thanks To YOU For A Fully Funded Verrado Kickstarter!

Electric Verrado Drift Trike engineer Matt Jackson personally thanks all those who helped us reach our crowdfunding goal in less than 48 hours! There's a limited number of Electric Verrados available on Kickstarter so don't wait, secure yours today!


Local Motors Design Challenges Update

Nyko (idesigncars) shares the latest updates from the Local Motors Community Team: ArtWall Design Challenge voting is live, Auto(r) Design Challenge submission period ends soon, & 3D Printed Car Design Challenge coming next week!


Electric Verrado Kickstarter Campaign is Live!

We're celebrating another crowdfunding milestone at Local Motors today as we kick-off the Electric Verrado Kickstarter Kickstarter campaign! Be one of the first to own the electric version of the Verrado, or just pledge a few bucks so we can put these drift trikes into production! Back this project now


Local Motors Shop Now Features Maxtrax Products

Tony, Build Floor Manager at Local Motors, talks about why he never goes pre-running without Maxtrax products. Shop for Maxtrax Vehicle Recovery products now


ArtWall Challenge Voting Begins!

NemoDesigns kicks off voting for the ArtWall Challenge! The winning design will be displayed in the new community space at the Local Motors Phoenix micro-factory - we'll see it every day, so help us pick the most inspiring one. Vote now!


Check Out These Beauties

If you're cruising through Arizona Bike Week this year, be sure to stop at Cave Creek Tap Haus and see us March 28th - April 6th! We'll have Racers, Rally Fighters, and tons of giveaways!


3D Printing Mount For Galileo Board

Our build crew hit a small snag when trying to mount the Galileo Board in the Rally Fighter. The community team jumped in and found some brackets on Thingsaverse that worked to fix the mounting issue. They were able to quickly print the brackets using one of our Makerbot Replicator 2 3D Printers and the problem was fixed within a few hours.


Local Motors Phoenix Open House April 12th 2014

RSVP today for the next Open House in Phoenix on Saturday April 12th from 10am to 1pm! We'll have free food, Rally Fighter rides, plenty of Shop deals & the special guest will be Octane Raceway! Don't forget this family-friendly event is completely FREE to attend.


3D Printed Car Update: Test Printing Begins

James Earle gave a great, detailed update from ORNL on the DDM Car project yesterday. I thought it was important enough to feature some of the images on the blog because we're now getting to see some of the designed pieces being test printed. Below are a few of the photos I grabbed off the project page but please click here for the full post.


Kickstarting The Electric Verrado

Will you help us crowdfund an Electric Verrado? We have submitted our campaign to Kickstarter, just waiting on approval.. We'll let you know as soon as its live so you can pledge your support, and hopefully be one of the first to own the Electric Verrado!


Rally Fighters, Racer Descend On The Vegas Strip

What happens when you drive two Local Motors Rally Fighters and a Local Motors Racer down the Las Vegas Strip?


New Design Challenge: ArtWall Design Challenge for LM Labs Space

Over the past several months Local Motors has been working hard on the new space that will be home to the design and engineering studios as well as Local Motors Labs. We are really excited about this space and want to involve the community in its development which is why we have launched a design challenge to create a design for the second story balcony wall that surrounds the resource space. The winner of the challenge will receive a custom wrapped Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet, which includes the pressure sensitive S Pen stylus which was developed in partnership with Wacom Technologies.  If you want to learn more about the challenge feel free to head over to the challenge page.


Mobi-factory On The Move

The Mobi-factory was packed up and shipped out of Las Vegas this morning! Where is its next destination? Follow the project to find out.


The Mind Behind The Rally Fighter Sconces

Danny Pro, founder of Misjif Motors had his first interaction with Local Motors years ago at the Pebble Beach Concours D'elegance. Jay Rogers walked into Danny's mobile fine art gallery as he was packing up for the week. After a brief exchange, Jay complimented Danny's artwork and said he would be in touch.

A few weeks later, Jay reached out to Danny to tell him more about Local Motors; and invited the automotive artist to design sconces inspired by the not yet built off-road beast we now call the Local Motors Rally Fighter. Danny only had computer images to work with but that's all he needed.

Danny describes the center of the sconce as a replica of the P-51 Mustang Jet (also the main inspiration of the Rally Fighter), and explains that the three beads represent the three guns of the fighter jet. The top of the board mimics the back end of the Rally Fighter and the red flag matches the red flag on the P-51.

After a few months of being displayed with the "Beta" Rally Fighter, Local Motors officially purchased the sconces and now displays the art at the Phoenix micro-factory.

Just a few months away from graduating automotive school, Danny looks forward to training at BMW in California this summer and hopes to work full time as an auto technician while still keeping up his artistic passion.

Check out more of Danny's incredible work below, and on his website misjif.com:

Best of luck Danny, its an honor having your artwork as a part of the history of Local Motors!


A Conversation With Bode Goods

Local Motors recently invited Nevin and Carlan Pontious to the Phoenix Micro-factory to talk about the inspiration behind their unique line of products, like the Man Hanger, and the history of Bode Goods.


What Do You Want In A Racing Simulator?

From the Local Motors Shop Product Acquisition Department, John Dahl asks the Local Motors community what they want in a racing simulator. Vote up this idea & leave your comments on the Ideas page


R/C Rally Fighter Moving Along

Eric talks about the process of getting the 3d printed R/C Rally Fighter body ready for vacuum forming: 


3D Printed Car Update: Scale Model Coming Soon

James Earle of Local Motors gives an update on the 3D printed car project from ORNL. A scale model of the electric vehicle should be printed in the next few weeks!


White Lightning Project

Carson talks about his latest personal project, turning a '92 Ford Explorer into a prerunner. 

Follow Carson's project, and give him your feedback: 


Auto(R) Futu(R)Vision Design Challenge Jury: Ben Mauro

Ben Mauro


Ben Mauro is a US born concept designer and digital sculptor. He studied industrial design and entertainment design at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. After college he relocated to Wellington, New Zealand where he worked at Weta Workshop from 2009- 2013, over that time he contributed to a vast array of Film, Television and Videogame projects such as ‘The Hobbit Trilogy’ and ‘Elysium’ among many many others. Before coming to Weta he worked as a freelancer for various clients including Boston Dynamics, Treyarch, LucasFilm, Rhythm & Hues, Activision, EuropaCorp, Universal Pictures, Sony Pictures Animation, Insomniac Games, Design Studio Press and Vishwa Robotics. In 2013 he moved to Singapore working as an independant freelance concept designer where he continues to offer his design services to clients around the world.


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